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Challenger Banking and Fintech

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Leaders In Banking Recruitment

Since the opening of Metro Bank in 2010 (The first high-street bank to be granted a licence for over 150 years) there have been a number of new in entrants in the challenger banking space, as well as many others who are currently going through business planning, licencing and funding. This has been partly due to government initiatives (such as open API legislation and PSD2) and the explosion of Fintech, due to the emergence of new technologies such as blockchain and data analytics tools. 

EO is a leading provider of high level managers and executives for senior roles within Challenger Banking and Fintech. Historically we have worked with a number of established retail banks to source the talent they need, but more recently we have been working with an increasing number of challenger banks and SME's that are looking for experienced individuals who can adapt to the fast- paced and agile world, whilst offering a high level of knowledge

Our recruitment experts have experience recruiting for roles within established retail banks, fast-growing challenger banks, and leading fintech companies, and are able to provide senior managers with extensive experience in this sector for permanent positionsprojectschange programmes, or interim assignments.

Challenges We Solve

The focus for many of our clients is to bring in highly experienced industry leaders into fast growing and disruptive start-ups. We recruit for privately funded, venture capital and private equity-backed companies to supply top talent to their senior teams.

These candidates need the correct cultural fit to operate and our aim is to match individuals to businesses on more than just technical competency by using behavioural profiling as a way of understanding how an individual is likely to fit with the existing team.

Technology is becoming ever more critical to success within financial services. The competitive advantage of banks and financial institutions relies heavily on the capability of technology to implement business processes, manage risks and provide excellent customer service – so much so that several challenger banks have based their value proposition on the technology they can offer.

We have supported clients on programmes as wide-ranging as:

  • Digital transformation programmes    
  • Smart ways of unlocking data
  • Modernising business models and operations
  • Risk assessments, audits and management
  • Managing risk appetite
  • Operational change
  • Executive and leadership
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Interim Executives that accelerate benefits and ROI

How We Can Help You

Whether you are looking for an Interim change manager or a want to recruit an executive on a more permanent basis – we are experts in finding the right person for your business.

Our executive recruitment and headhunting service de-risks your hire by searching the market for the best talent and matching candidates to your business on both technical competency and behaviours ensuring a great cultural fit.

Executive – Intro®, our award winning candidate presentation tool, gives you complete visibility and control of the recruitment process while providing in-depth and thorough candidate assessments that allow you to make an informed decision about the right person for your role.

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If you have a need for fast, specialist recruitment then our interim management service can supply you with experienced senior leaders on 3 to 12+ month assignments to provide extra resource to a project or plug an urgent leadership gap. We are able to provide shortlists for a role within 24 to 48 hours, ensuring you get the person you need as quickly as possible.

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Recent Roles

Head of Mortages
Chief Risk Officer
Global Head of Development 
Head of Compliance
Head of Credit Risk
Heads of Savings
Financial Controller

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